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Re: Selenium-toning Van Dyke Brown prints

Interesting to hear everyone's experiences. I used a much weaker solution of KRST (I would estimate around 1:500) and toned /after/ fixing, for about 1-2 minutes. The colour change is not huge, but very noticeable. After re-examining my KRST-toned prints last night, I can see a bit of a yellow hue emerging in the highlights (though not much), but more significantly, the heavy red cast of untoned VDBs is gone and replaced with a more neutral brown.

I haven't tried gold/thiourea toning (I was reluctant to cough up the dough for gold chloride -- though after seeing Loris' scans, I think I will try) but I prefer the colour of my KRST-toned VDBs to untoned VDBs.


Loris Medici wrote:
Camden, add me to the list... I absolutely didn't like the (yellowish) color
I got from Selenium toned (1:200) Vandykes. I prefer better the original
unaltered color OR the color I get after gold/thiourea toning.


-----Original Message-----
From: Camden Hardy [mailto:camden@hardyphotography.net] Sent: 25 Eylül 2006 Pazartesi 18:42
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Selenium-toning Van Dyke Brown prints


I've toned VDBs in Kodak's Selenium before, and I was actually quite
disappointed. I guess I just prefer the untoned colors for my VDB prints.

Camden Hardy


On Mon, September 25, 2006 9:06 am, Jordan Wosnick wrote:
Hi everyone,

I would be interested in hearing from people who selenium-tone their VDB prints.

I was prepared to be disappointed when I tried it (based on Wynn White's article on Unblinkingeye and posts on APUG) but was actually quite pleased. I used a tiny amount of Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner (literally a few drops in a tray of water) and toned after fixing. The colour change began almost immediately and eliminated the somewhat sickly reddish-brown of the VDB, pushing it much closer to a warm gray-brown.

Based on what I had read, I was expecting a huge amount of image reduction, but I didn't see much at all.

Anyone else tone their VDBs in KRST?




Jordan Wosnick


Jordan Wosnick